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While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Ballers, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, The Comeback, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for The Leftovers and Getting On added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's recent/current »
Pushing Daisies just got a new lease on life, and it’s all thanks to The CW.
The beloved but short-lived dramedy can now be watched in its entirety via the network’s digital home, CW Seed. The series is exclusively available on Roku devices right now, but can be accessed on all CW Seed platforms beginning Dec. 1.
PhotosCancelled Too Soon: Pushing Daisies, Constantine, Forever & 17 More Shows TVLine Readers Will Always Miss
We just found out how The Big Bang Theory plans to celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens! As reported earlier in the year before The Big Bang Theory Season 9 got started this fall, the hit sitcom is going to have an episode devoted to the release of Star Wars 7. And in that same episode, which debuts on Thursday, December 17, the day before The Force Awakens opens in theaters, we'll see the unexpected return of a fan favorite character! Excited yet?
Yes, Professor Proton lives! Sort of. In an as yet untitled episode arriving next month, Sheldon Cooper is going to be faced with making a very important life decision. And it will require the use of the Force. Though Arthur Jeffries passed away on the show two seasons ago, Emmy winner Bob Newhart will reprise his character as a Force Ghost. As we've seen in previous episodes, Professor Proton »
· Idris Elba (Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” BBC’s “Luther”) provides the voice of Chief Bogo, head of the Zootropolis Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootropolis’ first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
· J.K. Simmons (“Juno,” Oscar® winner for “Whiplash”) lends his voice to Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootropolis, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootropolis, anyone can be anything.”
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed the roster of voice talent tapped to help bring a voice, snort and a roar to the animal residents of the modern-day mammal metropolis of Zootopia, which opens in theaters March 4, 2016.
“We had so much fun casting this film,” said director Byron Howard. “‘Zootopia’ features such a large and diverse range of characters – one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.”
Adds director Rich Moore, “Everyone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.”
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Joining Ginnifer Goodwin, who provides the voice of Zootopia’s first bunny officer Judy Hopps; Jason Bateman, who lends his voice to con-artist fox Nick Wilde; and Shakira, who voices international superstar Gazelle, are the following members of the “Zootopia” voice cast. »
- Michelle McCue
Shamy is in danger of never getting back together. And their recent break may become even more complicated by the introduction of two new characters in Season 9 of The Big Bang Theory. While it hasn't been confirmed, it is believed that the recent addition of two guest stars hint that both Sheldon and Amy will be playing the field. And, oh, man! It's going to get ugly for the two former love birds.
Especially when Amy gets a load of Sheldon's new gal pal. TVLine has the first news about this possible 'Love Interest Initiation'. As we saw in last week's episode The Perspiration Implementation, Jim Parsons's Sheldon has decided that the only way he is ever going to get over Amy is if he throws himself back into the dating pool. His first attempts failed miserably, as he tried to pick up a young lady and her mom at the local watering hole, »
Is The Big Bang Theory about to give us “The New Love Interests Initiation”?
While the network would not confirm who Merchant and Tipton will be playing, reports from audience members who attended the taping of Episode 9 suggest they’ll appear as respective dates for the recently broken-up Amy and Sheldon.
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble? »
'Twas the screengrab to end all screengrabs. Everyone secretly fears the idea of his/her texts being digitally recorded, but no one is (maybe) trembling more than Victor Cruz as we speak write. According to reports, the New York Giants player's fiancée, Elaina Watley, text messaged his alleged mistresses and included Cruz as a recipient. In the text, which was allegedly sent Oct. 6, Watley calls the women out for sleeping with her man. A screenshot of the text, obtained by MediaTakeOut and believed to be sent from Watley, cuts right to the chase and informs the recipients that Cruz, 28, has denied their existence even though she "knows" about them. "Hello ladies, this is »
The text message read around the world. Victor Cruz’s fiancée, Elaina Watley, allegedly sent a group text message to several women on Tuesday, Oct. 6, calling them out for sleeping with her man. A screenshot of the lengthy message, obtained by MediaTakeOut and believed to be from Watley, bluntly addresses the women, saying that Cruz, 28, has denied their existence and calls them unflattering names behind their backs. “Hello ladies, this is elaina Victor cruz’s fiancée,” the message begins. “You all know about me and I seem to [...] »
Can you make an entire sitcom out of the fact that John Stamos looks really, really good for a man in his 50s? As it turns out, yes. With Daniel Chun (“The Office,” “Hello Ladies” and “Happy Endings”) penning a quick-witted script, “Grandfathered” subverts every hokey cliche that it nearly crashes into by maintaining a savvy self-awareness. Stamos plays Jimmy Martino, a successful Los Angeles restaurateur who’s a fixture in the dining room at Jimmy’s every night, delivering the same flattering line to every female who walks through the door. He’s always found at the center of a glamorous coterie of. »
- Heidi Patalano
There’s always money in the banana stand, and that’s really going to help Jason Bateman in his next role.
The Arrested Development actor has signed on to exec-produce, direct and star in Ozark, a drama series currently being shopped to premium cable and digital outlets.
Though details of the hour-long project are being kept under wraps, our sister site Deadline reports that Ozark — which is set in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks — focuses on the dark and dangerous world of drug-money laundering.
Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) will get a blast from the past in “Supernatural’s” upcoming 11th season. The CW’s enduring horror series has cast Nate Torrence as Sully, Sam’s imaginary friend from childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.
Sully appears in episode 1108, titled “Just My Imagination,” because he needs Sam and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) help. The episode will be directed by “Supernatural” alum Richard Speight Jr., who memorably played the angel Gabriel (and moonlighted as The Trickster) in various episodes between seasons two and nine. Speight and fellow “Supernatural” fan favorite Rob Benedict also moderated the show’s 2015 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and are currently working on a crowdfunded webseries called “Kings of Con” which raised almost $300,000 earlier this year.
- Laura Prudom
The nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, with HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” leading the pack with 24 nominations — including one for outstanding drama series.
Limited series “American Horror: Freak Show” and “Olive Kitteridge” were the second- and third-highest nominees with 19 and 13 nominations, respectively.
Also competing in the drama series category alongside “Game of Thrones” are Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Better Call Saul,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”
Thanks to “Game of Thrones’” haul, HBO set a new Emmy best by raking in 126 noms in total, topping its previous high of 124 set in 2004.
ABC was a distant second with 42, followed by NBC and CBS with 41 apiece. FX Networks claimed 38 and Fox grabbed 35. Netflix was »
- Cynthia Littleton
The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).
– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.
– “NCIS: La »
- Geoff Berkshire
To celebrate the release of HBO’s Hello Ladies, out on Blu-ray and DVD now, we’ve got an exclusive clip to share with you and the chance to win 1 of 5 DVD copies we have to giveaway!
From the creators of The Office, and Extras comes the hilarious comedy Hello Ladies: Season One, available on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of HBO UK Home Entertainment. It is also available to download digitally through various digital platforms.
Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras) takes the helm in his first starring role alongside Nate Torrence (Get Smart), Christine Wood (FlashForward) and Kevin Weisman (Gone in 60 Seconds), in this cringe-worthy and brilliant comedy.
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To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us what does the lady Stephen texts like about him?
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- Dan Bullock
When it comes to actual lip sync talent - if there is such a thing - Malin Akerman won last night's "Lip Sync Battle." Hands down. She was, as Chrissy Teigen put it, "the most adorable gangster" in her "Talk Dirty" performance. "She looks like if American Girl dolls made a thug Samantha."
Akerman, who leads Yahoo's new "Sin City Saints" cast, was legit sexy and had some real dance moves. But Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and star of "Hello Ladies," won the night from here just for the, um, balls to show up in those leather chaps with "Nasty" on the back and some extra business in the front.
He kind of lip synched to Xtina's "Dirry," but mostly he just awkwardly jerked his tall British body into various positions. At the end of the dance, Akerman said she loved what was happening around the chaps, asking »
- Gina Carbone
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The multi-cam project — based on the real-life experiences of comedian Jermaine Fowler — followed a millennial (played by Fowler) with big ideas, but very little drive. He moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting.
Fowler and Danny Chun (Trophy Wife, »
“Lip Sync Battle” gets “Dirrty” when co-creator Stephen Merchant swings by the Spike TV show on Thursday. The comedian represents both the United Kingdom and “nasty” leather chaps while moving his lips along to Christina Aguilera‘s 2002 hit. LL Cool J‘s co-host, Chrissy Teigen, can’t get enough of the “Hello Ladies Star” getting down and dirty when he’s rolled on stage in a cage. See video: Mark Ruffalo and Stephen Merchant Play 'Tonight Show' 'Musical Beers' Watch the teaser of his performance. »
- Greg Gilman
“Quality comedies and epic adventures are key elements of our programming strategy,” Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at ABC Family, announced Friday. “The teams behind these pilots have a history of creating amazing series in those genres, and I am thrilled to have them creating for ABC Family.”
“Gorgeous Morons” follows two “stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple” brothers, one of whom is a model and the other, a personal trainer. The two guys’ lives are rocked by their brainy new female roommate, a literature PhD who is not a looker by their personal standards. The comedy from ABC Signature Studios is co-created and exec produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (“The Office,” “Bad Teacher,” “Hello Ladies,” “Trophy Wife »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Weird Loners is a tough sell, and though it could become a hit, it has a massive uphill battle in front of it. The main problem, ratings-wise, is that it has too much in common with all the shows that didn’t work for its stars in the past.
Of course, that’s only if you’re looking for ratings.
The shows in question, Zachary Knighton‘s Happy Endings, and Becki Newton‘s The Goodwin Games, were actually great shows, but Weird Loners has a tone, and general style of comedy, that is something of a cross between those shows, and that’s a ratings nightmare.
Worse, the pilot is somewhat nonsensical, having to put forward our establishing excuse that the four main characters get together. It has its moments, but it has to try so hard to force these people together, that it has little time to let them charm us. »
- Marc Eastman
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